• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Spanish Civil War

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

The Spanish-American War Analyze the causes of U.S participation in the intervention of Cuba in 1898 Jack Tomlinson 3/06/09 IB History of the Americas HL The U.S intervention in Cuba during its revolts against Spain was one of the United States' earlier interventions. At the time of the war with Spain the United States was only a few decades old. Around that period the U.S interventions were increasing in number as the U.S had intervened with the Philippines, Cuba and several others. "This was a curious conflict. Although it added materially to the colonial possessions of the United States, the war of 1898 was not originally a territory-grabbing venture. Although it yielded results which pleased businessmen, it was not at first desired by business leaders. And though victory over Spain would help William McKinley win re-election, the President long delayed asking Congress for a declaration of hostilities. (Bethell, 435)" The United States' decision to intervene in the Cuban Revolts with Spain (thus leading to war with Spain in 1898) was due to several reasons such as the U.S citizens support for Cuban independence and the arguments made by U.S President McKinley to Congress. ...read more.

Middle

"William Randolph Hurst of the New York Journal and Joseph Pulitzer of the New York World were two of many leaders in this field. Mixing appeals for liberty with stories about Spanish atrocities, these newspapermen turned American sympathy for Cuba into a crusade to save the Cubans. By 1897 aroused citizens were contributing money, volunteering for service in the Cuban forces, and petitioning Congress and the President to take action against Spain" (Curtis, 323) Another one of the major causes that led the U.S government to issue a declaration of war against Spain was President McKinley's speech with Congress. "McKinley was at heart a cautious and peaceful man. As a religious man and humanitarian, the President was impressed by the anti-Spanish views of religious leaders. As a professional politician, he was aware that the people wanted war. This was notably the case after the DeLome letter and the destruction of the Maine. The letter was a foolish private communication from the Spanish minister in Washington, denouncing McKinley" (Curtis, 333) When published, it increased anti-Spanish sentiment in the United States. ...read more.

Conclusion

The last point he argued was one of most importance, that being that the "present condition of affairs in Cuba is a constant menace to our peace, and entails upon this Government an enormous expense" (State). He does so by emphasizing the destruction of the Maine. "In any event the destruction of the Maine, by whatever exterior cause, is a patent and impressive proof of a state of things in Cuba that is intolerable. That condition is thus shown to be such that the Spanish Government cannot assure safety and security to a vessel of the American Navy in the harbor of Havana on a mission of peace, and rightfully there" (State). The intervention of Cuba by the United States was caused by several reasons that involved sympathetic notions. It was one of the United States' earlier interventions as the U.S was only a few decades old. At the finale of this intervention the United States had defeated Spain and Cuba was free from its mother country. The United States' decision to intervene in the Cuban Revolts with Spain (thus leading to war with Spain in 1898) was due to several reasons such as the U.S citizens support for Cuban independence and the arguments made by U.S President McKinley to Congress. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our International Baccalaureate History section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related International Baccalaureate History essays

  1. Castro's Cuba

    The urban and rural communities, as well as a large portion of students, grew impatient and ready for change. By contrast to the policies and wishes of Batista, Castro offered to provide an alternative, offering more jobs and well-being to the people (they would be provided with extensive social services).

  2. George Orwell in the Spanish Revolution

    to protect Republicanism against the Nationalists for if they failed to, then they can rest assured that none of their "lines" would ever be implemented. Thus "point after point" the trade unions gave back power to the government by putting a stop to collectivization of land and industries (some industries

  1. To what extent was the Spanish American War of 1898 a turning point in ...

    Instead, McKinley asked Secretary of War Elihu Root to define the US position on Cuba. This resulted in the Platt Amendment, which meant that the US military would leave the island, but Cuba could not make treaties with other powers other than the United States and could not contract any

  2. Examine the impact of foreign intervention on the Spanish Civil War

    In addition, Hitler was attracted by the raw materials evident in Spain, hence, in return, Hitler was keen on acquiring various resources such as iron, copper and mercury, which would in time, provide adequate assets to build up a powerful army.

  1. Extended Essay - The Role of a UN-Secretary General to Achieve World Peace: The ...

    Furthermore, a U-2 American pilot had been reported to be missing after being attacked over Cuba.[29] In fact, Castro even appeared to be forcing the Russians to commence a nuclear invasion against the US.[30] Due to the rising tension, U Thant decided to make an immediate trip to Havana to consult with Castro himself.

  2. Analyse the causes of the Spanish Civil War

    Although they still remained a political force and supported the revolution against the King in 1931. The PSOE (Partido Docialista Obrero Español) had a limited impact, whereas the UGT was more successful in organizing strikes and protests. The socialists and the liberals were important during the revolution of 1931, although

  1. Notes on the Causes of the American Civil War

    This plan was unsuccessful, as most ex-slaves saw themselves as Americans. 6. In the 1830 a new wave of abolitionism came into place (William Lloyd Garrison) 7. Convinced that slavery was a sin, Garrison rejected the nation of gradual emancipation 8.

  2. Causes of the Spanish Civil War

    rising, and lost the left-wing republic much support and led to the socialist withdrawal of support from Azana. The November elections of 1933 swerved the Republic to the right with the CEDA in the majority lead by Gil Robles, the new conservative hope.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work